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Psychic Teens

Album Review: COME - Psychic Teens

Philly’s beloved Psychic Teens, who self-identify as “regular adults… that sound like that time you spotted your creepy metalhead brother at [an] 80s night,” have conjured a formidably impressive amount of buzz in response to their sophomore release COME (SRA Records)Plausibly picking up where TEEN left off, the band’s latest is a gloomier sequel to the moody anthems fans first heard in 2011.

“NO,” COME’s opener, unfolds with droning bass and screeching riffs, preceding eerie vocals that articulate “the sadness of expectation” and “decay.” Somewhere between King Dude and Peter Murphy, Larry Ragone’s distinctive diction grows melodically darker as the song endures, tying together nearly instrumental interludes with a harmonious chorus that crashes into buzzing chords and oscillating cymbals by the track’s end. With what feels like a swirling vision, “NO” fosters an audible landscape comprised of melancholic melodies reminiscent of My Bloody Valentine’s “When You Sleep” but darker and without the romance. The song’s outro reverberates, buzzing in listeners’ ears like the emotive residue of a bad dream. Awakening an appropriate sense of anxiety with “NO,” “RIP” continues the uneasy gloom of COME. With a similarly disorienting intro, “RIP” and its rapidity intensifies alongside the steady and subtly sardonic tone of Ragone’s vocals. As if channeling Ian Curtis’ ghost, the rhythm of this chant befittingly echoes Warsaw’s demos with a subdued energy. “H#TE” is sinister yet melodic with relatable lyricism that hums of depressive frustration. A mesh of post-punk, shoegaze, and the quintessential characteristics definitive of metal, “H#TE” is effectively poignant and perfectly placed before “LUST” which picks up soon after its prior’s abrupt end. Repetitive yet hypnotic riffs reverberate for the first half-minute and expand as the song endures. Feeling much like a trance, “LUST” audibly resembles the frustrated hunger of its namesake, playing out like a familiar dialogue between the self and its object of affection (or obsession). The album’s title track “COME” starts off with sparse instrumentation and vocals that sound out as if heard from another room. The distance between the track’s cyclical guitar lines and pulsating percussion gradually dissipates towards the climax of the song, during which Ragone’s recitation of “at the end of the world” serves as the preface to a tidal crash of guitar riffs and persistent cymbals. An appropriate title track, “COME” is a monolith, central to the album’s contextual and emotive structure. “LESS” is substantial with frenetic fretwork and plays out nearly orchestral. Its gradual buildup attributes a tangible velocity as the Psychic Teens approach full throttle towards its latter notes. Executed with delectable dread, “BUG” hums with a vigor that juxtaposes flawlessly with “VEIL” and its subsequent mellowed-out malaise.

Ending as dark as it started, COME’s final track marries the sinister croons of Danzig with the emotional excess and the poise of riffage reminiscent of “Degausser” (yeah, it’s okay, admit it… we all listened to Brand New at some point). Its final forty-five seconds serves as a perfected finale to Psychic Teens’ latest vision. As the cosmos spin around us, we can only predict that an equally monumental follow-up is yet to come. 


Psychic Teens Record Release Show at Long In The Tooth Aug. 9

It’s been a fun ride watching the rise of local gothic post-punk trio Psychic Teens. From the air of mystery around their debut tracks “YUNG” and “CbbK,” to their victory in our Featured Artist(s) Poll, to the band becoming one of the Top Performers in our annual Best Emerging Artist Year End Poll, it’s always been apparent to our staff that Psychic Teens is a seriously dark band with a bright future. And now with the group stepping into the national spotlight as one of Spin’s “Best New Artists of August 2013,” it won’t hopefully be long before the rest of the world takes notice and joins us on this ride. If you haven’t yet, then you can start this evening when they celebrate the release of their latest full-length record COME (SRA Records) at Center City’s Long In The Tooth. You still have an opportunity to be ahead of the rest of the curve by grabbing your copy tonight before its official release next week. Long In The Tooth, 2027 Sansom St., 9pm, Free, All Ages - Alexis V.


New Psychic Teens Record Available for Streaming

Psychic Teens was just named one of Spin's "Best New Artists of August 2013." You can also listen to their new record COME in its entirety while reading track-by-track commentaries from the band HERE. Enjoy!


New Track: "H#TE" - Psychic Teens

Psychic Teens premiered another new rager off their forthcoming album COME called "H#TE" yesterday over at Brooklyn Vegan. The LP will be officially available on August 13 via SRA Records, and you can celebrate with the trio at their record release show on Friday, August 9 at Center City record store Long in the Tooth where we are sure that you'll be able to grab your advance copy. 


Harsh Vibes & Psychic Teens Hosting We Are Hex at Teri’s July 22

It’s going to get really loud tonight in the Italian Market at Teri’s when locals Harsh Vibes and Psychic Teens plug in. Well, I’m thankful that Harsh Vibes are still playing at all after the tale that was shared with me about the band’s first night on tour ever with Creepoid. (Ha…maybe there are times when you should just say “no” to marijuana.) Luckily, the elder statesmen/woman were around to help defuse the situation. Harsh Vibes has a new 4-song EP entitled Dead Collective Soul available via Dirty Pillows. And if you haven’t already yet, you can pre-order Psychic Teens’ forthcoming album COME (which is slated to drop on August 13 via local hardcore label SRA Records) HERE. They’ll be hosting Indianapolis coldwave foursome We Are Hex. Teri’s, 1126 S. 9th St., 8pm, $5, 21+ (Harsh Vibes Photo by Kevin Horn; Psychic Teens Photo by Greg C) - Alexis V.


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